Semper Fidelis Inauguration Music
âSemper Fidelis," is the title of the official march of the United States Marine Corps, composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. Sousa was director of the United States Marine Band , on the march.
This composition is a work of an employee (John Philip Sousa) of the Department of Defence of the United States, made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, it is in the public domain.
Performed by The U.S. Marine Corps Band, Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" from the U.S. Copyright Office.
After performing at James Madisonâs inaugural in 1809, âThe Presidentâs Ownâ ushered in the first inaugural ball, playing for Thomas Jefferson and James and Dolley Madison as they entered the crowded room at Long's Hotel. The band played "Jefferson's March" when the former president arrived and "President Madison's March" when President Madison and his wife, Dolley, entered the ball.
In 1817 James Monroe's inaugural ceremony was held in Congress Hall, also called "The little Brick Capitol." This was the temporary home for Congress following the burning of the Capitol in 1814) on a portico erected outdoors in front of the hall. This was the first outdoor inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Monroe's second inaugural ceremony, in 1821, was held at the rebuilt U.S. Capitol. The Marine Band played music to accompany his arrival and at the conclusion of the ceremony.
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